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CH2014 Chemical and Microbiological Risk Management in the Work Environment 7.5 credits

Course memo Autumn 2023-50797...

Version 1 – 05/09/2023, 12:14:01 PM

Course offering

Autumn 2023-50797 (Start date 30 Oct 2023, English)
Autumn 2023-51673 (Start date 30 Oct 2023, English)

Language Of Instruction

English

Offered By

CBH/Biomedical Engineering and Health Systems

Course memo Autumn 2023

Course presentation

The overall aim is to provide knowledge about chemical and microbiological risk management and ability to apply this knowledge on different types of chemical and microbiological risks at the workplace to prevent health effects and accidents.

The course will provide knowledge within the following topics and ability to use the knowledge in problem-solving:

  • Legislation concerning chemicals and microorganisms.
  • Impact on health and safety.
  • Risk assessment including measurement of air contaminants
  • Control measures that reduce exposure and risks of accidents, through technical and organisational design of work, and workplaces.
  • Adaptation of control measures to the workplace.

The lectures during the first week are mandatory in order for the students to be assigned to a project group. The project work is mandatory for passing the course.

Headings denoted with an asterisk ( * ) is retrieved from the course syllabus version Autumn 2022

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

• Work environment regulations 

• Chemical and microbiological risks

• Risk assessment

• Measurement methods and measurement strategies 

• Control measures

• Intervention 

Intended learning outcomes

The overall aim is to provide knowledge about chemical and microbiological risk management and ability to apply this knowledge on different types of chemical and microbiological risks at the workplace to prevent health effects and accidents. 

The course will provide knowledge within the following topics and ability to use the knowledge in problem-solving:

Legislation concerning chemicals and microorganisms.

Impact on health and safety. 

Risk assessment including measurement of air contaminants

Control measures that reduce exposure and risks of accidents, through technical and organisational design of work, and workplaces.

Adaptation of control measures to the workplace.

By the end of the course, the students should be able to:

1.Describe, exemplify, and explain how all the above-mentioned factors affect safety, health, well-being, and performance.

2.Perform measurements and risk assessments relating to all the above-mentioned factors in order to assess exposure and to be able to propose control measures that eliminate or reduce the exposures. The capability to perform measurement involves knowledge about measuring methods as well as measurement strategies.

3.Describe, discuss, and critically analyse the advantages and limitations of different measuring strategies and be able to interpret and draw conclusions from measurement results.

4.Propose work environment improvements according to the hierarchy of prevention and control concerning the above-mentioned factors 

5.Critically discuss risk assessments and control measures in relation to relevant work environment regulations.

6.Describe the EU regulations and Swedish legislation and provisions for all the above-mentioned factors.

7.Find and interpret information about health hazards with chemical products and substances and use this information in risk assessment of handling of and exposure to chemicals.

8.Describe common microbiological risks, in what environments they occur, how such risks can be assessed and how they can be controlled.

9.Describe the demands on employers regarding chemical risks and be able to support organisations and adapt the methods to the organisation’s needs and prerequisites.

10.Be able to identify barriers and facilitators for implementation of work environment improvements and to discuss pros and cons of different control measures and strategies.

Preparations before course start

Literature

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Examination and completion

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Examination

  • RED1 - Project work, 2.5 credits, Grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Written exam, 4.0 credits, Grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • ÖVN1 - Exercises, 1.0 credits, Grading scale: P, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

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Round Facts

Start date

30 Oct 2023

Course offering

  • Autumn 2023-50797
  • Autumn 2023-51673

Language Of Instruction

English

Offered By

CBH/Biomedical Engineering and Health Systems

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